President Obama sends pro-abortion politician, advisors to represent U.S. at papal canonizations
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- On Sunday, two former popes will be canonized, and some estimates suggest five million people could be in attendance. Three of those people, representing the United States of America, are among the most influential pro-abortion Catholics in the country.
According to a White House press release, Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-CA, and Katie Beirne Fallon, assistant to the president and director of legislative affairs, will be part of a delegation led by Obama counselor John Podesta. Becerra, who chairs the House Democratic Caucus, praised former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius when she retired and has received 100 percent ratings from the Human Rights Campaign and NARAL at least once.
Podesta served as chief of staff for President Bill Clinton from 1998 through 2001, and founded the pro-abortion Center for American Progress (CAP). Policy positions CAP has taken include opposing the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, backing the Affordable Care Act, and supporting the abortifacient/sterilization/contraception mandate. It has become one of the most influential think tanks in the nation since 2009. Podesta began serving as a counselor to Obama in December 2013.
Fallon has only served with the administration since January, but was a major part of the "War on Women" strategy the Democratic Party implemented in 2012, according to Vogue. She formerly served on the staff of senior Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY.
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Last year, the Obama administration's delegation to the investiture of Pope Francis included pro-abortion Catholics Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, R-CA, as well as pro-life Republican Gov. Susanna Martinez of New Mexico.
The U.S. delegation for Pope John Paul II's funeral in 2005 included pro-abortion New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, as well as former presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton. The delegation was led by then-President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
Current Secretary of State and then-Sen. John Kerry, D-MA, was also present at the pope's funeral. Kerry is a Catholic who supports legal abortion.
The Obama administration has been under pressure for years for its anti-Catholic policies, including the abortifacient mandate and its support for same-sex "marriage." Its decision to move the U.S. embassy to the Vatican into the Italian embassy was criticized by five former ambassadors, one of whom served under Clinton. Three of the others served under President George W. Bush, and one served in George H.W. Bush's administration.